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Alfred Stephan Sembrich

CANTERBURY - Alfred Stephan Sembrich died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the age of 92. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., the son of Stephan Sembrich and Caroline (Martelanz) Sembrich.

Alfred was a graduate of the School of Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., class of 1941. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the merchant marines, and was a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., Class of 1942. Alfred served with honor on the Liberty Ship SS Josiah Nelson Cushing as 2nd mate. After the war, he returned home to marry his beloved Virginia (Kern).

At the time of her death in 2003, Alfred and his Virginia had been married for 59 years. They built a home and raised their three daughters, Lois, Mary Jo, and Beth, in Stamford, Conn. Alfred and Virginia were partners in business as well as love, and together ran Sembrich Advertising in Rowayton, Conn., on the banks of the Five Mile River. Alfred closed the agency in the fall of 1999, shortly before he and Virginia relocated to Canterbury.

Alfred is survived by his daughter Lois Simonian and her husband, George, of West Suffield, Conn.; their children Rebecca Simonian-Luke of Enfield, Conn. and her husband Rob, Elizabeth Murphy of Coventry, Conn. and her husband Dan, and George Peter Simonian of West Suffield, Conn.; his daughter Mary Jo Keller of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., her children Jesse Peter Keller of Los Angeles, and Amy Dilling of Laguna Hills, Calif., and her husband Allen; his daughter Beth Blair and her husband Christopher of Canterbury; his great grandchildren Andrew, Emma, Ryan, and Lance.

Shortly before his death Alfred celebrated his 92nd birthday! His generous spirit, surprising sense of humor, and imaginative word play will be sorely missed. We raise our cups of coffee to you, Alfred, Dad, Daddy-o, Gramps, and Pop-Pop. Say "Hello!" to Virginia for us! Alfred's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the care-givers who supported Alfred, and made the final stage of his life safe, comfortable, and joyous.

A service celebrating the life of Alfred will be held Saturday, December 8, at noon, at the Canterbury United Community Church. Fellowship to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH, 03301 or www.crvna.org.

The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.

Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.

Published in The Concord Monitor on Dec. 6, 2012
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